High School Sports

Monday roundup

Boys golf JFK INVITATIONAL at Trumbull CC ≤ TEAM SCORES: GlenOak 307, South Range 343, Hoover 350, Lakeview 356, Austintown Fitch 357, Howland 360, Poland 367, VASJ 378, Ursuline 379, Cardinal Mooney 426, JFK 429, East Palestine 431, St. Thomas Aquinas 434. ≤ INDIVIDUALS: Kaiden ...

AAC Red Tier independent in football, contemplate future

There are plenty of unknowns about the All-American Conference. One certainty is the AAC Blue Tier teams of Newton Falls, Champion, Liberty, Campbell, Crestview, LaBrae and Brookfield leave at the end of this school year for the Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference as a separate tier from the ...

Age just a number for coaches

NILES — The cadence in his voice is still there. Larry Kempe totes a grayish walker with two tennis balls on the back ends to help the 66-year-old coach heal from back surgery in March. That’s just as a precaution on the field turf inside Bo Rein Stadium, to get out of the way of the ...

Ohio Supreme Court puts CB in limbo

COLUMBUS — Competitive balance in Ohio high school sports suddenly has some competition. After an 11-month stay with the case, the Ohio Supreme Court has denied a request from the Ohio High School Athletic Association an order that would have prohibited the Hamilton County Court of Common ...

Riccitelli, Hogue come home as athletic directors

Randy Riccitelli remembers roaming the halls of McDonald High School, playing basketball, running cross country and track and field. Being a Blue Devil means something to him. It’s part of who the 36-year-old has become. He, like so many, was laid off at the General Motors Lordstown ...

Wrestling for girls is overdue in Ohio

The thought certainly doesn’t evoke much excitement for parents. Watching their daughter or son run onto a wrestling mat to face what is often a bigger, more built wrestler can be a tough sight to endure. Furthermore, watching them being twisted, lifted in the air, slammed and pinned would ...

Feeling at home

GIRARD — When Girard Indians football coach Pat Pearson was asked to describe wide receiver and University of Toledo commit Nick Malito, “unselfish superstar” are the two words he used. “He does everything right in the classroom and on the field,” Pearson said. “He definitely ...

OHSWCA to sponsor state girls wrestling

Former Canfield High School wrestling coach Dean Conley has been involved in wrestling for nearly 40 years, and the former Ohio high school coach of the year can spend hours explaining the benefits he has taken from the sport. Now the president of the Ohio High School Wrestling Coaches ...

Busy Drapola came back to softball as her favorite sport

Bailey Drapola felt a twinge in her back as she exited the floor one night late in February. Her Brookfield High School girls basketball team had just been eliminated by Western Reserve in a Division IV district semifinal. Drapola, a 5-foot-10 forward, had strained back muscles on her right ...

Stephens blossomed from ‘short, stubby, fat and slow’

WARREN — It was always easy to spot Tyler Stephens as a kid playing sports. The soon-to-be Division I college tight end wasn’t dunking at the age of 13 or catching touchdowns overtop defenders in junior high. Not even close. Husky and clumsy, the recent LaBrae High School graduate was ...

No rest for the weary

YOUNGSTOWN — Coach Ryan Fitch sees his team’s current makeup, mostly sophomores and some juniors. This is a Lakeview boys basketball program that was right around 20 wins each of the last two seasons, including a district championship in 2017. But Lakeview graduated six seniors, an ...

Dominant defenses

NILES — The 35th annual Jack Arvin Classic started off with a somber feeling. The late head coach and molder of men Phil Annarella was honored with a moment of silence before the game. It’s fair to say coach Annarella would be very proud of a close game that took place between the best ...

Local teams assigned regions

As the Mahoning Valley seemingly morphs into an area with more small schools than large, that trend is reflected — perhaps not purposely — in the football region assignments released Thursday by the Ohio High School Athletic Association. (See list on Page C4) The 2019 season will be the ...

Regional assignments for area schools

Division II, Region 5 COUNTIES: Trumbull, Mahoning, Portage, Ashtabula, Lake, Summit, Stark, Cuyahoga SCHOOLS: Warren G. Harding, Austintown Fitch, Boardman, Kent Roosevelt, Twinsburg, Ashtabula Lakeside, Madison, Painesville Riverside, Eastlake North, Willoughby South, Alliance, Hudson, ...

Remembering Annarella’s part in Warren merger

WARREN — In a story that seemed to be ripped straight from a movie, two rival high schools were brought together as one and defied the odds to achieve the ultimate goal — to win a state title. Both Warren G. Harding and Western Reserve had historic programs, so the task of uniting the two ...

Trowers, Celli ready to be new teammates

McDONALD — Area players have been drawn to Youngstown State University’s program in recent years. It reminds one of the heyday when YSU President and former coach Jim Tressel recruited “The State of Youngstown,” a 100-mile radius around the Mahoning County city. Area players Josh ...

Warren trio going to Lake Erie College

It’s no secret that the city of Warren is a historic hotbed for football talent. The city and the rest of Trumbull County have produced many college players in recent years. The 2019 class is no exception, but with an interesting twist, as three players from Warren will be going to the ...

MVCA Jack Arvin Classic

7 p.m., Thursday, Bo Rein Stadium Trumbull County Team Jarrett Likens Kennedy 5-11 180 Jeremy Wilson Harding 6-1 175 Marco Donatelli Girard 6-3 220 Gabe Canter Mathews 5-10 175 Dakota Whitt Lakeview 5-11 185 Jakari Salter Harding 6-3 200 Troy Jackubec Harding 6-2 175 Preston ...

Last time around

YOUNGSTOWN — Conchetta Rinaldi shined in her last appearance as a Cardinal, knocking in five runs and helping her team win 9-0 in the first matchup of the Bill Sferra Softball Classic Tuesday at the Youngstown State University softball complex. Rinaldi was thrilled to have one last game ...

Humble Weaver joins stars

While Bristol’s staff is coaching the Trumbull County squad in this year’s Bill Sferra All-Star Softball Classic, they’ll be joined by a legend in the coaching ranks, Champion coach Cheryl Weaver. The Bristol staff and Weaver will be coaching the group of Trumbull County All-Stars. ...